Busia Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa on Wednesday made a surprise visit to the Busia Jua Kali Fish market for lunch and to meet the fish traders. Wangalwa who was in company of CEC for Agriculture and animal resources Moses Osia and chief officers James Akedi ( Trade) and Richard Achiambo ( Agriculture) took brown ugali and fresh fish.
He had earlier met the fish traders in a closed door meeting to deliberate on various challenges facing the traders while obtaining fish stalk from neighboring Uganda.
Addressing the traders at the market, Wangalwa said he would meet Busia County Commissioner Mongo Chimwanga on Thursday to make it mandatory for all fish stock to pass through the market en route to other Kenyan markets.
”This is a short term solution. We shall also engage the national government to get a lasting solution to protect Kenyan fishermen. This is our gold mine which we should guard jealously.
We want our market to be the Dry Port so that we take responsibility of what our people consume to avoid ferrying of illegal goods into the country,” he said.
Osia said Burumba Ward MCA Tony Onyango should come up with a bill that will bar Ugandan traders from exporting fish directly to other Kenyan markets without passing through them.
Burumba Ward Development Fund pledged to install a solar lamp and to modernize the market to improve service delivery.
Addressing the fish traders on Tuesday outside his office where they had presented their petition, Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said his government will give the traders Sh1m through their Sacco.
Photos: 5014: on Wednesday flanked by his chief officer James Akedi